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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Excel in the Field of Psychology, Academically and Practically!

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Psychology, PhD

You have an interest in psychology and want to know what makes people think and act the way they do. You want to excel in a career that uses psychological principles, techniques, and insights to make a difference in the world — just not on the clinical side. Fortunately, from academia to psychological research, there are several non-clinical career paths to follow—if you have the right PhD.

Keiser University offers a research-based, non-clinical doctoral program that offers the skills you need to better understand behavioral outcomes and the credential you need to be a recognized expert in the area. In our Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program, you will explore a wide range of topics spanning health, cognitive, learning, and developmental psychology. You will gain expertise in conducting research studies for the insights that mental health professionals, and the public, can use to better understand behavioral outcomes.

At a Glance

Credit Hours

60 Credit Hours


20 Courses


36 - 60 Months*

Week Terms

8 Week Terms

Credit Info

Up to 18 credits of transfer credit

Quick Info

Career opportunities in research, academics, mental health, and more.



Financial Aid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to degree completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Program Overview

Human psychology influences every aspect of society and culture, from interpersonal and community experiences to organizational, business, and governmental practices. The Keiser University PhD psychology program uses a scholar-practitioner model to encourage students to integrate cutting-edge research with classroom experience and real-world application. The demand for skilled psychology experts remains strong as organizations of all sizes seek strong, qualified candidates to navigate challenging and evolving professional landscapes.  Students can expect rigorous classroom instruction and in-depth research experiences.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in this PhD in Psychology program or one of our dozens of doctoral or master’s degree programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer multiple learning options, including both on-campus and online program formats.

Through this Doctor of Philosophy degree program, we help students prepare to achieve career goals in mental health, research and other relevant fields where a doctorate in psychology can make all the difference.

Know Your “WHY”
Commit to Graduation

The Keiser University PhD psychology program is designed to help mental health workers and related professionals better understand human behaviors and potential outcomes based on those behaviors in all sorts of circumstances. In this way, they will be better prepared to develop solutions for trends ranging from health, cognitive, learning, and developmental psychology as they advance in their careers.

What Can You Expect to Learn

This Keiser University psychology program enables students to contribute to the field of psychology and become experts in their chosen area of study. Upon completion of this PhD in Psychology program, students will be able to:

  • Use an advanced understanding of general psychological principles and theories to include motivation, learning, emotion, and behavior
  • Better appreciate diversity via appropriate methodology in evaluating individual, social, and organizational levels in the field of psychology
  • Evaluate educational and social services program designs to include program evaluation, curriculum development, and assessment strategies
  • Add to the psychology body of work by applying principles of effective research, program evaluation, research strategy development, psychological research, research data assessment, and reaching evidence-based conclusions
  • Communicate in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and sharing ideas and information in documents, presentations, and publications

Program Prerequisites

Keiser University offers two matriculating paths toward earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. Take your mental health, research, or organizational psychology career to the next level by pursuing coursework at one of the best psychology PhD programs in Florida, online or on campus, through the:

  • Traditional Path: Graduate students enter the PhD in Psychology program with a relevant master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Baccalaureate Entry: Students may skip earning a MA or MS degree to enter the program with a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related behavioral science from an accredited institution — an additional 18 graduate semester hours of coursework, including a thesis, is required

No GRE is required for any of Keiser University’s psychology programs, including this Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology.

Note: Dissertation courses are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for two dissertation courses per semester.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology degree, students with a master’s degree must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours as described below.

  • Foundation Courses
    Research, Ethics, and Scholarly Writing 3.0 credit hours
    Cognitive & Affective Basis of Behavior 3.0 credit hours
    Behavioral Neuroscience 3.0 credit hours
    Human Development 3.0 credit hours
    Theories of Learning and Motivation 3.0 credit hours
    Sociocultural Basis of Behavior 3.0 credit hours
    Cross-Cultural Methods of Tests and Measurements 3.0 credit hours
    Educational Psychology 3.0 credit hours
    Curriculum Design 3.0 credit hours
    Research Courses
    Quantitative Research I 3.0 credit hours
    Quantitative Research II 3.0 credit hours
    Research Design and Qualitative Methods 3.0 credit hours
    Advanced Research Theory, Design, and Methods 3.0 credit hours
    Psychometrics 3.0 credit hours
    Advanced Research 3.0 credit hours
    Advanced Courses
    Advanced Seminar in Program Evaluation 3.0 credit hours
    Dissertation Courses
    Dissertation 12 credit hours (6 courses at 2 credits each)

    Note: Doctoral students must complete two residencies: one in the first year of the program and the second prior to Dissertation.

    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency One
    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency Two

Career Pathways in Psychology

Upon graduation, you will have earned a research-based Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Conduct research studies within different population groups to better understand how behaviors influence the group
  • Better understand behavioral outcomes across diverse settings
  • Contribute to their specific area of expertise, providing educational guidance and consultative services as well as through academics, such as scholarly journals
  • And more!

Through the Keiser University PhD program, you will be better positioned to assume leadership positions in the psychology field and to make valuable contributions to government, nonprofit, and private organizations. You could find work in mental health centers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, corporations, community agencies, social services, and schools. Depending on your specialization, you could pursue several diverse career roles, including:

  • Educator – as a teacher or university faculty
  • Psychosocial specialist
  • Education program evaluator
  • Researcher
  • Consultant in your area of specialization
  • Social service manager
  • Political strategist
  • Marketing director

* Clinical and Counseling psychology positions often require state licensure. This program is not designed to meet the requirements for state licensure as it is not a clinical nor a counseling psychology program.

Start Your PhD in Psychology Program Now!

Whether you’ve been exploring psychology PhD programs in Florida or online, we can help. Our Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology can help you advance in your field and in your career, whether that’s in research, consulting, or academics. Requesting More Info to learn more about the Keiser University psychology program today.

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We understand that today’s students have many responsibilities and obligations in their lives. At Keiser, we deliver the same quality education through different scheduling options to accommodate busy schedules. Whether you choose day, evening, or online classes, chances are, you will find a schedule that fits yours and allows you to fulfill one of the most important commitments you can make – a commitment to your education.

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You have the option of taking just one or two classes at a time, allowing you to concentrate on learning while balancing your education with work, family and other responsibilities. With our “students first” focus and small classes, you’ll receive personal attention from your instructors.
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Keiser University’s dedicated, accomplished faculty members are committed to your success. All faculty are prepared and are actively engaged in the fields they teach. You’ll benefit from their wealth of knowledge and real-world experience.
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We are here to help guide YOU through the financial aid process to determine what type of aid you may qualify to receive to support your educational endeavors.


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